What Are Full Mouth Dental Implants and What Should I Know About Them?

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As the next best thing to natural teeth, dental implants have become the top option for replacing missing or failing teeth. Dental implants can dramatically restore the quality of your life. So choosing to have dental implants placed is no minor decision, especially if you’re getting full mouth dental implants instead of replacing a single tooth or just a few teeth. Take a look at what getting full mouth dental implants entails and learn more about how they can improve your life.

How Dental Implants Work

To get the full picture of how full mouth dental implants work, it’s helpful to start with a look at how dental implants themselves work. Dental implants are part of what people consider full mouth dental implants.

Here’s a look at the major parts of dental implants:

The implant screw

This component is inserted in the jawbone, just like natural teeth. It’s made of biocompatible material, often titanium, so that the implant fuses with the bone over time.

The abutment

This connector attaches to the top of the implant screw and anchors the dental restoration

The restorations

these are your replacement teeth, which are anchored to implant screw via the abutment. Restoration can be dental crowns, bridge or specialized dentures.

Model Showing The Different Parts Of A Dental Implant

How Full Mouth Dental Implants Work

Dental implants can place a single tooth, with a dental crown attached to a single implant. But a series of implants can be used to support a full row of teeth. Instead of requiring a dental implant per replacement tooth, full mouth dental implants leverage four to eight dental implants per row of replacement teeth.

Here’s a look at the major styles of restorations used for full mouth dental implants:

Partial Denture Graphic

Implant-supported dentures

Regular dentures are loose fitting and very awkward to deal with. Specialized dentures snap onto dental implants, providing more support than conventional dentures at an affordable price (1). However, they are looser fitting than fully affixed options and require more frequent maintenance.

All On 4 Dental Implant Model

All on 4

Compared to before, this technique also uses four dental implants that are placed into your gums. However, a full arch of (typically) porcelain teeth are tightly fitted to your gum line. This means that they are permanently affixed to your jaw, meaning that these act more like natural teeth in function and aesthetic! (2)

Full Arch Zirconia Dental Implant Model

Zirconia Full Arch

Zirconia (Zirconium Dioxide) is a new development of dental and medical materials, being a very durable and bio-compatible metal like titanium, but with coloring indistinguishable from a porcelain ceramic (3). This makes zirconium a longer lasting arch material with all the added benefits of a natural looking smile!

Let Dental Implants Help You

Dental implants are a versatile tooth replacement solution that can restore health and aesthetics to your smile, no matter the number of teeth you may be missing. Ask our dentists about replacement options for individual teeth, multiple teeth, or even full mouth restoration that allows you to enjoy a completely new smile! With proper care of your implants, you can expect them to last a lifetime!

More on Full Mouth Dental Implants in Austin, TX

Are you eager to get started with dental implants? Call Dr. Dan Holtzclaw and Dr. Juan Gonzalez, in Austin, TX  at (512) 456-3161 now to get on the appointment calendar! The decision to improve your smile with dental implants in Austin, TX is a very personal one and deserves an individualized, compassionate approach, one that we at Advanced Dental Implant Center excel at!


(1) – What You Need to Know About Snap-In Dentures, Healthline, https://www.healthline.com/health/snap-in-dentures
(2) – All-on-4® treatment concept, Nobel Biocare USA, https://www.nobelbiocare.com/en-us/all-on-4-treatment-concept
(3) – Zirconia, Zircon Industry Association, ​https://www.zircon-association.org/zirconia.html

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